December 31, 2010

Out With The Old ...

It's the end of another year! What a year this has been ...

-welcomed a new baby
-lived with family for many months
-bought a house
-renovated a house
-moved a couple of times

God has been so very good to us. I am so thankful for all that He has done for us;
for all that He has allowed in our lives;
for sending His precious Son to die for the payment of our sins;
for not only saving us from eternal death but also promising eternal life ... with Him!

I'm grateful for my wonderful husband, our two lovely healthy daughters, our families, our church, our friends, our home and our jobs.

My cup truly runneth over and I'm looking forward to another wonderful year in 2011!

Happy New Year!

December 26, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a White ... Boxing Day?

The snow comes a day late. As far as I'm concerned it could just stay away altogether. We are supposed to get a lot of it -- I've heard anywhere from 8-12 inches to 10-15 inches to 10-20 inches. But praise the Lord My Man does NOT have to get up and go to work tomorrow! I might not have to go either -- we'll see how things look in the morning.

We've had a nice weekend. We had our usual Christmas Eve service at church followed by the traditional after-church food and gift exchange for the family at 52. That went really well -- all of the kids were well-behaved and no one melted down, not even Phebis. Everyone got lots of nice things.

On Christmas morning My Man and his brothers went back to 52 early in the morning to wake up their mom. She was very surprised but loved it! When the Boogie woke up My Man came home and we opened our gifts. For months the Boogie has talked about how much she wanted a barn (UnoMoo) so that's what we got her and she said it was her favorite gift. We all were very spoiled! We went out for breakfast like we always do, and MIL and FIL came over for dinner. They brought the prime rib and all I had to make was a couple of side-dishes. While they were here we had our first Skype conversation with my parents and Vee and Furry! It made my day to get to see my family. I always miss them more during the holidays but this year has been harder than usual, so it really meant a lot to be able to see them while we talked.

This morning we went to church as usual but once the snow started really accumulating in the afternoon it was decided to cancel evening services. Now the governor has declared us to be in a state of emergency! I'm glad to be tucked warm into our little house.

Pictures of our weekend will follow in a later post! I hope each and every one of you had a lovely Christmas.

December 21, 2010


Last night after work I did a little bit of Christmas shopping. As I was leaving I started to pull out of the parking lot onto a busy road but stopped because a car was coming.

The lady behind me didn't stop.

She was watching for oncoming traffic and thought it was clear enough to go and forgot I was in front of her.

She started to accelerate but my car stopped her.

I was leaning forward in order to see the oncoming cars and hit my head on, of all things, my sunglasses stuck in my visor.

For a moment I was dazed and confused. I held my head in my hands for a few seconds because it HURT. Then I wondered if I should pull over, but there was no shoulder. Then the lady was tapping on my window yelling, "Are you hurt? Do I need to call 911?" But I was okay and I turned on my hazards and got out to check my bumper. Just a couple little round circles where her license plate had hit it. The lady apologized over and over. Cars were backing up behind us and starting to honk, so we both got in our cars and left. I was a little shaken for a few minutes and I had a killer headache most of the rest of the night.

But ...

Praise the Lord I was wearing my seatbelt.
Praise the Lord the girls weren't with me. I would have been very upset if they were with me.
Praise the Lord that lady didn't push me out into traffic.
Praise the Lord my car wasn't damaged.

You know, I've almost done the same thing that driver did, started to pull out onto a road not realizing someone was in front of me. Thankfully I haven't hit anyone. It's a good reminder to be extra careful while driving, especially this time of year when so many people are out and about, and it gets dark so early, and weather can be nasty.

My head feels okay today, just a little sore where it hit the glasses. Who knew a pair of cheap sunglasses could give a person such a headache?

Praise the Lord for His protection. He is good! today and always.

December 20, 2010

Tenderhearted Boogie

Tonight Toy Story 2 was on tv and we were watching while we ate our after-church dinner. The Boogie was totally absorbed and had to be reminded several times to keep eating. I finished and picked up Phebis to carry her into the bedroom and as I walked through the living room the Boogie said, "Honey? Why is the cowboy crying? I don't know why he is sad."

Her voice sounded odd which made me stop and look at her. "I don't know why he is crying," she repeated, her little voice quavering, the corners of her mouth tugging down and her eyes filling with tears. Aww, my sweet tenderhearted girl! I've never seen her cry over something she was watching, other than when I turn the tv off when she doesn't want me to. I had to stop what I was doing to give her a big hug. She is growing up so fast, sometimes I can't stand it.

Also she has an admirer at church, one of her friends. He's five and a few weeks ago had his mom write a note to the Boogie expressing his love. Three years old and getting love letters already! Oh dear ...

December 16, 2010

Midnight Snack, Midnight Post

It really is past midnight and I really am snacking. Just being real, people.

I think this is a record for all-time low in blogging. The middle of the month and this is only my second post. Where does all the time go? This is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know. What is this time-sucking void that I seem to have fallen into? And more importantly, will I ever get out of it?

Meanwhile the Phebis turned seven months old a few days ago. She has cut toofers #3 and #4 and is working on #5. Yesterday I turned around and she had pulled herself to a standing position on a box. She is crawling everywhere and loves to stuff her face with puffs, like this:

Then she ends up looking something like this:
She has a bit of a temper and will throw herself backward and kick and yell if she is not getting her way or if someone takes something from her. Nice kid my husband has ...

She sucks and sucks on her bottom lip (see picture.) She blows raspberries a lot. She crawls after me crying "Ma ... ma ... ma ..." if she is tired or hungry. That's the part about mobility that I don't like -- you can't just sit them down and walk away. They follow you!

The Boogie is excited about Christmas. We got a tree last week and it sat in our laundry room for a few days, then we put it in the stand in the living room where it stood naked in a corner for a few days. Then one day I found a rubber ducky in the branches and figured it was time to decorate. My Man and I strung the lights then let the Boogie put some ornaments on. "I'm so exciting!" she exclaimed, jumping up and down. "I'm so exciting about ormanems!"

The traditional Christmas penguin tree topper.

 What is with this goofy grin?

The other day in the car she was feeding me lines from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
"Honey, say 'Oh no, we're doomed!'"
"Honey, say 'This is going to be the worst Christmas play ever!'"
And so on. Think we've watched that a few times?

I would like to take this opportunity to show you the newest members of our household.
Aren't they beautiful? I may or may not have hugged and kissed them when they arrived. Someone (you know who you are) found out that we were looking for a used set and offered to pay the difference so we could get brand-new ones! 

I was talking with my Mamaw the other night and she said, "Oh, you are just like your mother and me, new appliances make us so happy!" She is very right.

I really love my washer and dryer. Praise the Lord for providing above and beyond, once again.

My cheese and crackers are gone now and another Christmas gift has been ordered. I must go to bed so I can snuggle with the human furnace known as my husband for a couple of hours before he has to get up and go to work. He never minds my cold feet, bless his heart. He sure is nice to have around in the wintertime.

I would like to take this opportunity, however, to point out the fact that it is not yet officially wintertime so these below-freezing temperatures can just go somewhere else and stay there.

I would also like to take this opportunity to point out that I like having my husband around at any time of the year.

Nine days left 'til Christmas ...

December 2, 2010

Hello, World

I have been MIA but we finally have the interwebz at our house. It is a long story to which I will spare you the details (for now.) Just a word to the wise: if you are a business and want to keep your customers, give them good customer service.

Meanwhile we checked email and Facebook whenever we were at 52; however it is not a substitute for being able to get online whenever you think "Oh no! I need to renew the library movies!" or wonder if something is available to order and get here by Christmas.

The girlies are doing fine and dandy in the new house. Phebis started crawling the week after we moved in (the Boogie started walking the week after we moved into our old apartment; it must be something about needing to explore new surroundings!)

Our living room finally has a couch and some real chairs in it, as opposed to a bunch of boxes stacked everywhere. There are still quite a few boxes left to unpack but we're getting to them, little by little. Other projects are getting finished as well. MIL came over the other day and helped me paint the laundry room, and I've spent a couple of late nights painting my hall closet. Things are coming along! Soon we will get a Christmas tree.

Lastly, here is something cute to start your day off right.